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“Ael had stared at the hlai in mixed fascination and horror as it lay there with insects crawling in and out of the torn places, out of mouth and eyes.”
“And how I sit here and twitch like a broody hlai, Ael thought.”
“She remembered her father, standing unhappily over one of the hlai that Ael had not been able to catch.”
“Now she let loose, resurrecting some of the savagely elegant old idioms for incompetence that her father had used on her the day she forgot to fasten one of the gates of the farm, and three hundred of the hlai got out into the croplands.”
“The same for the blue people and the orange ones and the brown ones and the ones who look like hlai.”
“It had gotten into the woods, and there it lay on the leafmold, limp and torn; a hnoiyika had gotten it, torn its breast out and left the hlai there to bleed out its life, as hnoiyikar will.”
““My crew, the greedy hlai, have eaten all the kheia,” Ael said.”
“From the drinking-holes, courtesy of the inebriated hlai of past centuries, come the more than five thousand Rihannsu wines that are coddled, blended, and smiled over around the planet today.”
“Down the hall he could hear Urellh pounding his way, noisy as a herd of hlai.”
“There was plenty of it, what with normally staid persons of rank running about like hlai with their heads cut off, and screaming, and the air sharp with acid fumes, and the shouting of orders that no one heeded….”
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